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- View all PhotosBalboa Bay ResortNewport Beach, CA$35 Nightly Resort Fee4.5-star Hotel Class4.5-star Hotel Class$35 Nightly Resort Fee
Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, offers spectacular views of the water and passing boats. And while you're here, you can take full advantage of the property's maritime locale by renting kayaks, paddleboards or motorboats and taking to the seas. If you're more of a landlubber, get your fill of H2O by swimming in the outdoor pool, or get to know the area, which is home to many shops, golf courses and restaurants. But you won't have to go too far to find a good meal: The in-house Waterline restaurant offers fantastic (albeit pricey) locally sourced cuisine, while A&O Kitchen+Bar serves up more casual fare like burgers and sandwiches. Visitors rave about the rooms – the bedding, the size, the balconies – and the service. Some recent guests do observe that the resort caters mostly to the moneyed, 40-and-older crowd, with its high prices and subdued atmosphere.
- View all PhotosHyatt Regency Newport BeachNewport Beach, CA$30 Nightly Resort Fee4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel Class$30 Nightly Resort Fee
Situated in Newport Beach, California, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach completed a $15 million renovation in May 2013. Its location in southern California also puts it near Disneyland and the popular shopping complex, Fashion Island. The hotel features 407 rooms, each of which is appointed with a patio or balcony, an iPod docking station, a minifridge and a flat-screen TV. Outside the room, on-site pursuits abound thanks to the hotel's plentiful facilities, which include several pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and a golf course. In terms of eating and drinking, guests can enjoy coastal cuisine at SHOR American Seafood Grill or sit down for coffee or cocktails in the Lobby Lounge. Apart from the variety of activities and amenities, previous guests say they love this Hyatt property's staff. Visitors noted that the hotel's employees were friendly, well-trained and went out of their way to assist guests. And, if you participate in the brand's loyalty program, you can accrue and redeem points for choosing to stay at this hotel.
- View all PhotosThe Duke Hotel Newport BeachNewport Beach, CA4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel ClassRubbing elbows with John Wayne Airport less than 20 miles southeast of downtown Anaheim, the Duke Hotel Newport Beach offers red-eye fliers a place to hang their hat in style. But previous visitors are quick to warn that you will pay considerably more here than you would at other nearby hotels of equal caliber (especially for valet parking). For more particular guests, the extra cash might be worth having access to the pillow-top mattresses, Keurig coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms found in this Marriott outpost's guest rooms. Or, Marriott Bonvoy members can use accrued points to pay for rooms. The hotel also houses an outdoor pool and a 24-hour health club, but if you're in need of some extra rejuvenation following a long flight, consider making use of the spa. The facility provides a wide variety of massages and skin treatments. Should a bout of hunger kick in, head to one of two on-site restaurants.
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